Corning to Announce Ultra-Slim Flexible Glass

Corning to Reveal Ultra-Thin Flexible Glass for E-Book Readers, Smartphones, Tablets

by Anton Shilov
05/31/2012 | 11:30 PM

Corning on Thursday announced its plans to announce its ultra-slim flexible glass and Eagle XG Slim line of substrates. Both are designed for e-book readers, smartphones, tablets and other ultra-portable consumer electronics that benefits from thin form-factor and light weight as well as from ultra-strong and damage-resistant components.


“As handset, tablet, and notebook device manufacturers go thinner, Corning’s latest innovations in Eagle XG Slim and ultra-slim flexible glass are extraordinarily well-positioned to meet these challenges and enable broader touch technology penetration,” said Dr. Peter Bocko, chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies.

Corning booth at Society for Information Display (SID) trade-show will feature product samples using both Eagle XG Slim and ultra-slim flexible glass as well as Corning Gorilla Glass 2, the next generation of the popular, damage-resistant cover glass for consumer electronic devices. A multi-touch 82" display showcasing Corning Gorilla Glass for large applications will also be on hand.

Corning’s flexible glass substrates will enable high-resolution flexible displays for consumer devices, including e-book readers. These displays consume much less power than other technologies, and have the potential to replace paper in many applications.

Corning  ultra-slim flexible glass

Corning's proprietary fusion process is uniquely suited to creating flexible substrates of pristine surface quality that can enable roll-to-roll processing for low-cost manufacturing of large-area electronics. The dimensional stability and thermal capability of the glass supports high-performance color frontplanes and backplanes for a variety of applications including photovoltaics, OLED lighting, large-area sensors and more.

Corning Eagle XG Slim

Corning Eagle XG Slim is an ultra-thin, environmentally friendly glass substrate for handheld and IT applications that is a remarkable 0.4mm "thin", and 0.5mm thick for large monitor and television applications. Eagle XG is the industry's first LCD glass to contain no added arsenic, antimony, barium, or halides.

Advanced highly-engineered specialty glass plays a critical role in emerging display trends, such as increased functionality from smaller, thinner, and lighter form factors; touch technology; and a more-diverse set of interconnected devices with higher performance and new application spaces.

“Corning Gorilla Glass continues to enjoy excellent market acceptance across mobile device industries. It remains the cover glass of choice, currently on more than 750 products manufactured by 33 major brands, totaling more than 750 million devices worldwide,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager of Corning specialty materials.

Society for Information Display trade-show will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, from June 8 to June 8, 2012.